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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day



16th August 1917

On this day:


  • Langemarck retaken   The village of Langemarck which had been lost the the enemy in April 1915, was retaken on the 16th of August 1917 by 61st Brigade, 20th (Light) Division. They crossed the Steenbeek early in the morning with 7th KOYLI and 7th Somerset Light Infantry leading. The advance was held up by fire from the blockhouses to the west of the village, these were cleared by men of the 7th KOYLI including Pte W. Edwards who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions.

  • 16th August 1917 Ongoing training

  • Excerise   A Newcastle Journal article of 16th August 1917 describes 11 Battalion Volunteer Training Corps attacking an entrenched position at Cocken Hall and also going over the bayonet assault course under the supervision of instructors from the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment. The Volunteer Training Corps are a little known formation which was the forerunner of the much better known Local Defence Volunteers or Home Guard of the Second World War. The Yorks and Lancs had taken over the camp from the DLI, probably in late 1915.

  • 16th Aug 1917 Communication Restored

  • In Support   18th Battalion DLI entrained at Laurel Siding at 4.0pm and went by train to transport lines at Neuville St Vaast. They left Neuville St Vaast at 8.15pm and marched up to take over from 13th Y&L in support in Acheville Sector. Relief complete at 12.30am on the 17th. Order of battle is 15th WYR in L1. 16th WYR in L2. 18th DLI in support. 18th WYR in reserve. 5th Div on right. 92nd Bde on left. 18th Battalion DLI HQ was established in Beehive Support.

  • 16th Aug 1917 Accident

  • 16th Aug 1917 Training

  • 16th Aug 1917 New MO

  • 16th Aug 1917 At Rest

  • 16th Aug 1917 Into Reserve

  • 16th Aug 1917 Attack Made

  • 16th of August 1917 Under Fire

  • 16th of August 1917 Under Fire





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • 2nd Lt. Frederick William Andre. Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) 8th Battalion (Territorial)
  • Cpl. Michael Archbold. MM. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. Samuel Ayre. Royal Irish Rifles 11th Btn.
  • Sgt. Edward Bailey. Royal Irish Rifles 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles Reginald Baker. Royal Berkshire Regiment
  • L/Cpl. Christopher Baker. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Stephen John Ball. Manchester 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Barnes. Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Bray. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Brennan. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. William Roche Brereton-Barry. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Thomas Cockhead. Northumberland Fusiliers 8th Bn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Devenny. Royal Inniskilling Fusilers 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Dolan. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Edward John Gough Douthwaite. West Yorkshire Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Capt. William Joseph Gabriel Doyle. Army Chaplains Department att. 8th Btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick Charles "Fred" Drew. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 11th Battalion Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. George Stride Falkiner. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Arthur James Farr. Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Joseph Arthur Fisher. Northumberland Fusiliers 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Gaffney. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Hamriding. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 8th Btn.
  • Pte. Wallace Hedge. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. William Quintis Ewart Hill. Royal Irish Rifles 14th Btn.
  • L/Cpl Robert Jackson. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 2nd Battalion
  • Pte. Thomas Kearney. Royal Irish Rifles 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. William Keenan. Royal Irish Rifles 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Thomas Kelly. Dorsetshire Regiment 5th Btn.
  • Rfm. William Kerr. Royal Irish Rifles 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. Patrick Lynch. Royal Irish Rifles 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Hambleton Mason. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 8th Btn.
  • Rfn. Ernest George May. London Regiment 5th (London Rifle Brigade) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William John McEvoy. Inniskilling Fusiliers 8th Btn.
  • Pte. Thomas McKeown. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Henry Millman. Lancashire Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Percy Powell. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 12th Btn.
  • Pte. William Robson. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 8th Btn.
  • Pte. George Edward Rolingson. Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd Btn., D Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Rushworth. Northumberland Fusiliers 8th Battalion
  • Pte. Louis Henry Smaje. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sjt. Walter Ernest Smith. MM & bar. Royal Engineers 475 Field Coy Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Harry Prentice Snell. Gloucestershire Regiment 1/5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Jack A.C. Stacey. 1st Canadian Divisional H.Q. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Stead. Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Thomas Stewart. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Edward Stokes-Hatte. Royal Irish Rifles Read their Story.
  • Drvr. David William Sullivan. Royal Field Artillery 173rd Brigade, B Bty Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Charles Thorpe. Middlesex Regiment 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Bertie Edmund Titmas. King's Royal Rifle Corps 12th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. Samuel Topping. Royal Irish Rifles 11th Battalion
  • Pte. Charles Heber Ward. London Regiment 14th (London Scottish) Btn.
  • Pte. Albert Watson. Lincolnshire Regiment 2nd Battalion
  • 2nd Lt. George Whelan. MC. West Yorkshire Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Ewart Young. London Regiment 2/5th Btn. Read their Story.

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